Archive for March, 2006


Something About a Nehru Jacket

March 31, 2006

Writer Clint Hocking, who tackled both script and design duties on Ubisoft’s stellar Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, found my most recent article in The Escapist, which uses the dialogue he wrote as an example of really fine immersive simulation through simple text. (I say “simple” knowing full well that it’s, you know, not that simple.) Anyway, he’s written his thoughts on the article into his design journal site. They are flattering, these thoughts.

But, seriously, Clint. You lose all credibility when you refer to Mr. Wright as “the other Will.”


Second Person Preview

March 29, 2006

Noah Wardrip-Fruin has posted the Table of Contents for Second Person over at Grand Text Auto, the interactive storytelling and art blog that’s so good I read it even though it’s over my head. Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media is the sequel to First Person: New Media as Story, Performance and Game. First Person is a great survery of articles touching on everything from the old ludology-v-dramatism debates (which, it seems, may be behind us) to the successes and failures of interactive fiction (IF) experiments.

The new book, besides containing a metric slew of articles by the brilliant likes of Ken Hite, Chris Crawford, Bruno Faidutti, Eric Lang, Kevin Wilson, Greg Costikyan, Rebecca Borgstrom, Paul Czege and Jordan Mechner, also contains three complete RPGs by John Tynes, Greg Costikyan and James Wallis. (Want to know which ones? Check the Table of Contents, you.) Somehow, an essay of mine is in there, too. It seems we may see the actual book sometime this fall.

Noise: David Bowie, “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson”


Snakes + Plane = Caduceus, Baby!

March 23, 2006

Though it’s hard to promise, I sure do hope that this post will represent the whole total of my blogs about Snakes on a Plane. But, hot damn, that’s a great logo.


New Things To Read

March 21, 2006

That “essays and articles” page that was linked to the right? The one that was always empty? Yeah, that’s gone. In its place is the much-procrastinated downloads page, which has been waiting for a year, completed, to see the light of day. To make sure it didn’t look all empty, I waited until it had enough items included to justify going online. Thanks to today’s issue of The Escapist, that happened.

See for yourself.

Noise: Editors, “Munich”



March 17, 2006

iTunes makes things that were old new again. Albums that I once owned — and still think of myself as owning — are slowly being replaced. So far this year, I’ve bought:

VAST, Visual Audio Sensory Theater
Lent mine to somebody (Wagner?) and have since lost it. This is actually the second time I’ve bought “Touched” off of iTunes, too. Why I didn’t buy the whole damn album two years ago, I don’t know.

VAST, Music For People
Never had my own copy of this.

Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine
Would you believe I only had this on casette?

Tarkio, Omnibus
Colin Meloy’s “college band,” though they sound pretty complete. These are mostly new songs to me, but they are not new songs.

Good stuff, all.


Steak, Spinach and Asparagus

March 12, 2006

Steak, Spinach and Asparagus
Originally uploaded by photoq.

This one’s better if you just go and read the notes on Flickr image. Suffice to say, it’s nice to have a grill and 72-degree weather in March. Being a home-ower* makes you fill plates with spinach and asparagus, though. Getting old.

*Not a typo.
Noise: M83, “Unrecorded”